HC Deb 06 December 1972 vol 847 cc409-10W
32 and 77. Mr. Loughlin

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if, in view of the inadequacy of the public notice system of notification of planning applications for the purpose of lodging objections, he will amend the procedures to allow for direct notification to persons likely to be adversely affected by such planning applications, if agreed to, in all cases;

(2) if he will introduce amendments to present planning procedures to allow for greater consultation between planning authorities and those persons directly affected or likely to be so affected by planning applications made by local authorities, Government Departments and private persons.

Mr. Graham Page

My right hon. and learned Friend agrees that there is scope for extending the statutory requirements for publicity. In the meantime, further guidance will be issued to local planning authorities. However, a universal requirement to advertise and notify would be too sweeping, and a large measure of discretion must be left with local authorities. The Government accept that public and private proposals should be treated similarly.

74. Mr. Sydney Chapman

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied that local planning authorities are ensuring that information required from them in connection with appeals under Section 36 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 are submitted promptly, in accordance with paragraph 2 of his Department's circular 23/72; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Graham Page

In general, yes, though there are now 50 per cent. more appeals than a year ago. If my hon. Friend has particular cases in mind I should be glad to look into them.

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